Former Marco police lieutenant receives final warning after sending inappropriate photos

Pete Beucler

Pete Beucler

A former lieutenant with the Marco Island Police Department, who is currently serving in a civilian position, received a final warning after internal investigators say he sent inappropriate photos of himself to a female subordinate.

Pete Beucler will also receive additional sexual harassment training.

Beucler retired from his lieutenant position immediately after being confronted about the photos, which officials learned about via an anonymous tip, according to Assistant Chief Dave Baer. Beucler is accused of sending at least three images to the woman, Baer said in a news release.

Upon his retirement, Beucler surrendered his rank, authority and superior officer pay, which would have been his punishment had he not retired, Baer said.

The woman who received the photos said she consulted another officer, who sought advice from ranking member Lt. Matt Goetz. Officials said Goetz's failure to report the incident was a policy violation. Goetz has since retired and transitioned into an unpaid reserve police officer position, the news release said.

Beucler has since been rehired by the city as a civilian member with no authority over the female officer, a news release said.

Beucler returned to the police department as a senior community services officer, who will work in code compliance and community service functions, Chief Don Hunter announced in August. In addition to being retrained in sexual harassment policies, Beucler is to be "reviewed for clearance" and relocated to an office where he will not run into the female officer, according to a news release.

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marco826 writes:

What?

1Paradiselost writes:

Anthony Weiner?

RayPray writes:

"Beucler returned to the police department as a senior community services officer...in code compliance and community service functions...."

>>> Does this mean he will quality for next year's Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Plaque?

WizeOlMarco writes:

Why is this guy still employed by Marco Island? August?..is this a retold story?

August8 writes:

in response to WizeOlMarco:

Why is this guy still employed by Marco Island? August?..is this a retold story?

Perhaps this is a story with old an new chapters?? But, looks like a tri-fecta of police lieutenants taking hits and the captain the last man standing, a darn tuff guy.

marco writes:

Marco Island is just like the Vatican !
Reprimand & move him to another (diocese)or position with in our community.
Catholic Justice

dc5799 writes:

What about running into other female officers?

JohninMarco writes:

in response to dc5799:

What about running into other female officers?

How about running into female residents! I guess that thought never happened.

20andout writes:

WOW.....Good Thing he wasnt a New york City Police officer, He would be finished in any and all capacities

Mayor_McCheese writes:

Beucler retired to a civilian role, Goetz retired to a civilian role. They are training on sexual harassment. . .

You have got to be kidding. In what organization in the world other than the MPD would these people not get fired?? Why so many second chances? Why even one?

Are there so few people available to be a MPD officer that we have to allow these people to stay on? On top of that, the presence of these people working for the city greatly increases the chance that the city will be sued for their future conduct. Is anyone accountable at all?

INPURSUIT writes:

So..... Goetz losses his job for a policy violation and the offender of the sexual harassment gets more training on sexual harassment.... I feel like something is missing in this story.

MrBreeze writes:

I like the way the cops can "retire" out of a crime. That's just great, send some pictures, get a pention, take some training, get hired back. Does the word "retired" mean two paychecks? Does the Chief of Police realize how foolish this looks to the citizens of Marco Island.

Are these people just not accountable to anyone?

Code police. There it goes folks. Now the "badge and handcuffs" start to come out for Code Compliance. Maybee he can send pictures of the offense seeing he is handy with a camera. There goes the rolling rock starting here. All you "do-it yourselfers" and "Mr.Fix-it" beware.

MIslander writes:

Last time I was reading about Marco lieutenants, Carr was reducing the number from 4 to just Beucler and Goetz. Now both of these guys are gone as lieutenants?

At least we didn't fire them... because as evidenced by Derrig, d’Allesandro, and Morine (settlements of 6 months back pay- $10,000- $100,000, respectively) the MIPD can't competently terminate ANYONE.

We have these liabilities running around the island. How is Officer Tige Thompson (demoted from Sgt.) doing on a current high profile investigation??

xlmccool writes:

I'm sure there is more to this story, who's the female officer?
How does Tige Thompson even have a job with MIPD when he was fired from the sheriffs office for lying!!!! Hunter could no longer trust him and find him creditable, what has changed? All facts of his case can be found in a public records request to the sheriffs office for Tige's investigation. He obviously hasn't learned how to tell the truth yet, just ask Joey from Joey's Pizza who was arrested by the lying Tige Thompson, it cost him a demotion.

August8 writes:

in response to GorchFock:

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My suggetion for you since you seem to have somrthing negative to say about all others, with the exception of your brother Obama, jump on I-75 north and go to New York they will love you. It's an easy drive !!!

woozygirl writes:

The winnie whacker was caught with his pants down. He should have been terminated for flashing his pee pee. He is apparently liked so he was rewarded with a civilian position. What the hell. Only on Marco. The winnie whacker has no shame. He should get his behind out of town. We have too many kids on this island and this guy does not belong. Retired as as Policeman now he can probably get another 401k as a civilian. This is a disgrace.

MIslander writes:

Can someone educate me as to why us taxpayers tolerate this mind boggling display of unprofessionalism and wasteful spending on lawsuits and settlements?

I thought Hunter was supposed to fix this? Here we are a year and a half later.

I could understand if the MIPD was effective, but all I am seeing is incompetence, wasteful spending, and an upward trend in crime.

MSmith writes:

The so called female cop is the husky one who puts on all the orange makeup. What was he thinking.

woozygirl writes:

in response to MSmith:

The so called female cop is the husky one who puts on all the orange makeup. What was he thinking.

The husky one as you say, has nothing to do with this. She is the victim of this fool.

August8 writes:

in response to woozygirl:

The husky one as you say, has nothing to do with this. She is the victim of this fool.

What are you the cleaning lady at the station?

woozygirl writes:

in response to August8:

What are you the cleaning lady at the station?

I wish! At city employees salary I would have it made.

mahiman writes:

Who are the idiots making these decisions? These people shouldn't just be fired, kick them off the island! Position: Senior Community Services Officer????? No wonder we're swarming in debt! Why is that position needed? Unreal!

August8 writes:

in response to woozygirl:

I wish! At city employees salary I would have it made.

Are you qualified?

August8 writes:

in response to GorchFock:

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Is she a looker?????

August8 writes:

in response to GorchFock:

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Don't know what a looker is???? What, are you 90?

JohninMarco writes:

in response to August8:

Don't know what a looker is???? What, are you 90?

If anyone wonder why nothing productive happens at MIPD, your statements have said it all.

August8 writes:

in response to JohninMarco:

If anyone wonder why nothing productive happens at MIPD, your statements have said it all.

Another very smart,smart guy.

Seawaller writes:

Beucler returned to the police department as a senior community services officer. Given his past behavior I'm sure the female community will welcome his service. Maybe we better define "service".

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